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Definition using words sparingly

(Depending upon the context, this can have a negative connotation of minimizing social interaction due to ill feelings.)
  • Her tweets are terse and insightful.
  • Her report is short, terse, and easy to understand.
  • She doesn't care for his terse manner.
  • I whispered, and got a terse, "Sh-h!"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • terse = using words sparingly
  • "She'll be back in twenty-five minutes," the clerk said tersely.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • tersely = using words sparingly
  • Qyburn's words were terse and to the point, Cersei's fevered and fervent.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Arya agreed with a terse nod.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The second policeman's opinion of Kemp was terse and vivid.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Mother gave me her support with one of her usual terse asides, "That's what you want to do?
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Their strident quorks drifted down from above as Osha washed and cleaned and bandaged the maester's wounds, under Luwin's terse instruction.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • He quickly realized that they were not under attack and gave Nasuada a terse greeting.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • "We're not going in," Jack said, tersely.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • "The Navy has revolted, Doctor," the President explained tersely.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The explanation was terse, clipped, and simple.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • The first is a terse note about Grandma Kato, Mrs. K. Kato, written in 1950.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • "Mae," he said, his voice terse, "this is Kalden.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • My apologies for the terse instructions.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • Now and then he made terse comments: "This is a nightmare area.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • "Now listen," he said tersely.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Briefly Duane told her what had happened before he entered her room, not omitting a terse word as to the character of the men he had watched.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger

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